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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 7; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 7; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 7. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Dark Places

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Cast: Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Andrea Roth, Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan, Sterling Jerins, Shannon Kook-Chun, Denise Williamson, Drea de Matteo, Sean Bridgers, Dan Hewitt Owens
Synopsis: “Libby Day was only seven years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. In court, the traumatized child pointed the finger at her brother, Ben, and her testimony put the troubled 16-year-old in prison for life. Twenty-five years later, a broke and desperate Libby has run through donations from a sympathetic public and royalties from her sensational autobiography, without ever moving past the events of that night. When Libby accepts a fee to appear at a gathering of true-crime aficionados led by Lyle Wirth, she is shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still at large. In need of money, she reluctantly agrees to help them reexamine the crime by revisiting the worst moments of her life. But as Libby and Lyle dig deeper into the circumstances surrounding the murders, her recollections start to unravel and she is forced to question exactly what she saw—or didn’t see. As long-buried memories resurface, Libby begins to confront the wrenching truths that led up to that horrific night.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C+ (5 reviews)

Fantastic Four
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Michael B. Jordan, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Chet Hanks, Jerrad Vunovich, Christopher Heskey, Don Yesso, Wayne Pére, Shauna Rappold, Adam Fristoe, Stan Lee
Synopsis: “Four young scientists achieve superhuman abilities through a teleportation experiment gone haywire. They must now use these abilities to save the world from an uprising tyrant.”
Criticwire Grade Average: C- (6 reviews)

The Gift
Director: Joel Edgerton
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
Synopsis: “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?”

Ricki and the Flash
Director: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Ben Platt, Rick Springfield, Sebastian Stan, Audra McDonald, Charlotte Rae, Nick Westrate
Synopsis: “Ricki Rendazzo is a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews)

Shaun the Sheep Movie
Directors: Mark Burton and Richard Starzack
Cast: Justin Fletcher, John B. Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber, Kate Harbour, Tim Hands, Simon Greenall
Synopsis: “When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (6 reviews)


Director: Choi Dong-hoon
Cast: Gianna Jun, Lee Jung-Jae, Ha Jung-woo
Synopsis: “Snipers. Marksmen. Hired Guns. Double Agents. A group of exiled rebels are planning a hit on an Army Commander in Japanese-occupied Korea, but the only killer for the job is in prison. Now, the Resistance must devise a jailbreak, escape a hitman…and discover which of them is a traitor.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Call Me Lucky
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Synopsis: “Barry Crimmins is pissed. His hellfire brand of comedy has rained verbal lightning bolts on American audiences and politicians for decades, yet you’ve probably never heard of him. But once you’ve experienced Bobcat Goldthwait’s brilliant character portrait of him and heard Crimmins’s secret, you will never forget him. From his unmistakable bullish frame came a scathingly ribald stand-up style that took early audiences by force. Through stark, smart observation and judo-like turns of phrase, Crimmins’s rapid-fire comedy was a war on ignorance and complacency in ’80s America at the height of an ill-considered foreign policy. Crimmins discusses another side of his character, revealing in detail a dark and painful past that inspired his life-changing campaign of activism in the hope of saving others from a similar experience.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Austin and Washington, DC (expands to 11 additional markets through the end of September)

Cop Car
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim
Synopsis: “What would a normal pair of 10-year-old boys do when they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned police car in a country field? Take it for a joyride, of course. Cop Car embarks on a harrowing crash course full of mayhem as the duo attempt to navigate the back roads behind the wheel of a machine that they have no clue how to operate. Blissfully unaware of the impending doom they face at every turn, things go from bad to worse when the corrupt small-town sheriff aims to get his car back at all costs. The kids find themselves in the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse that they don’t understand, and the only way out is to put pedal to metal and drive as fast as their cop car will take them.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Director: Marielle Heller
Cast: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Madeleine Waters
Synopsis: “Lonely and artistic, Minnie chronicles her trials through expressive drawings and painfully honest missives confided to a tape recorder. One fateful evening alone with her mother’s boyfriend, Minnie is confronted with her burgeoning sexuality for the first time, and suddenly this precocious teen is in way over her head.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (19 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide through September)

The Falling
Director: Carol Morley
Cast: Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake, Greta Scacchi, Joe Cole, Monica Dolan, Mathew Baynton, Ben Kerfoot, Florence Pugh
Synopsis: “It’s 1969 at a strict English girls’ school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved. The authorities claim that there is nothing seriously wrong, but Lydia refuses to accept this, and in seeking the truth, discovers a long buried secret.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

Harbinger Down
Director: Alec Gillis
Cast: Lance Henriksen, Matt Winston, Camille Balsamo, Giovonnie Samuels
Synopsis: “A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
Director: Roger Allers, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Mohammed Saeed Harib
Cast: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski
Synopsis: “Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa, but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands across the country throughout mid-September)

The Runner
Director: Austin Stark
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt, Wendell Pierce, Fredric Lehne
Synopsis: “In the aftermath of the BP oil spill, an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, scandal and deceit.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle)

Directors: David T. Friendly & Mick Partridge
Synopsis: “To Rock or Stock? That is the question. Sneakerheads will do almost anything to get their hands on a unique pair of kicks, going to such extreme lengths as hiding in trash cans to score a pair of Retro Jordan 11s to camping for days in sub zero temperatures for the latest Nike Foamposites. How did sneakers become as prized as collectable art? From the shores of Cali to the congested streets of Tokyo, Sneakerheadz examines the cultural influence of sneaker collecting around the world and delves into a subculture whose proud members don’t just want to admire art, they want to wear it.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles. Exclusively on Vimeo starting August 21.

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